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1 Maar 'n tyd daarna het Simson in die dae van die koringoes sy vrou besoek met 'n bokkie en gesê: Laat ek na my vrou in die kamer ingaan; maar haar vader het hom nie toegelaat om in te gaan nie.

2 En haar vader het gesê: Ek het vir seker gedink dat jy niks om haar gee nie; daarom het ek haar aan jou metgesel gegee; is haar jonger suster nie mooier as sy nie? Laat sy tog joue word in haar plek.

3 Maar Simson het vir hulle gesê: Hierdie keer is ek onskuldig teenoor die Filistyne as ek hulle kwaad aandoen.

4 Toe gaan Simson weg en vang drie honderd jakkalse; en hy neem fakkels en draai stert teen stert, en sit 'n fakkel in die middel tussen elke twee sterte in;

5 en hy steek die fakkels aan die brand en los hulle in die ongesnyde graan van die Filistyne; en hy het die miede sowel as die ongesnyde graan en die wingerde en olyfbome aan die brand gesteek.

6 Toe vra die Filistyne: Wie het dit gedoen? En hulle : Simson, die skoonseun van die Timniet, omdat dié sy vrou geneem en haar aan sy metgesel gegee het. En die Filistyne het opgetrek en haar en haar vader se huis met vuur verbrand.

7 Daarop Simson vir hulle: As julle so maak, sal ek sekerlik nie rus voordat ek my op julle gewreek het nie.

8 En hy het hulle lendelam geslaan, 'n groot slag. En hy het afgegaan en gebly in die rotskloof van Etam.

9 Toe trek die Filistyne nader en slaan laer op in Juda en sprei hulleself uit by Legi.

10 En die manne van Juda vra: Waarom het julle teen ons opgetrek? En hulle : ons het opgetrek om Simson te bind, om aan hom te doen soos hy aan ons gedoen het.

11 Daarop trek drie duisend man uit Juda af na die rotskloof van Etam en vra vir Simson: Weet jy nie dat die Filistyne oor ons heers nie, en wat het jy ons nou aangedoen? En hy aan hulle: Soos hulle aan my gedoen het, so het ek aan hulle gedoen.

12 Toe hulle vir hom: Ons het afgekom om jou te bind, om jou oor te gee in die hand van die Filistyne. En Simson aan hulle: Sweer vir my dat julle nie self op my sal aanval nie.

13 En hulle antwoord hom: Nee, ons sal jou net vasbind en oorgee in hulle hand, maar doodmaak sal ons jou stellig nie. Daarop bind hulle hom vas met twee nuwe toue en bring hom op uit die rots.

14 Toe hy tot by Legi kom, juig die Filistyne hom tegemoet; maar die Gees van die HERE het oor hom vaardig geword, en die toue wat aan sy arms was, het geword soos linnedrade wat in die vuur brand, en sy bande het versmelt van sy hande af.

15 En hy het 'n vars eselskakebeen gevind en sy hand uitgesteek en dit geneem en daar duisend man mee verslaan.

16 En Simson het gesê: Met 'n eselskakebeen het ek een klomp, twee klompe, met 'n eselskakebeen het ek duisend man verslaan.

17 En toe hy klaar gespreek het, gooi hy die kakebeen uit sy hand en noem dié plek Kakebeenshoogte.

18 Daarop kry hy baie dors en roep die HERE aan en : U het deur die hand van u kneg hierdie groot verlossing gegee, en moet ek nou van dors sterwe en in die hand van die onbesnedenes val?

19 Toe kloof God die holte wat by Legi is, en daar kom water uit; en hy het gedrink, en sy gees het teruggekom, en hy het weer opgelewe. Daarom noem hulle dit Roepersfontein, wat vandag nog by Legi is.

20 En hy het Israel gerig in die dae van die Filistyne, twintig jaar lank.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 15      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 15: Samson defeats the Philistines.

At the beginning of this chapter, we learn that the one who gave Samson’s wife to another man was his father-in-law, who thought that Samson truly hated her. He then offered Samson her younger sister instead, saying, “Is she not better? Take her.”

Samson, enraged, took three-hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs, with a lit torch between them. He then released them in the Philistines’ standing grain, vineyards and olive groves to burn up their crops, as revenge for the loss of his wife. In retaliation, the Philistines went and burned her and her father. In a final act of vengeance, Samson killed very many of the Philistines, then went to dwell in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

The Philistines went to Judah, stating their intent to arrest Samson, and the men of Judah passed on the message to him. Samson made the Judeans promise not to kill him themselves, but only to bind him with two new ropes before giving him to the Philistines as a prisoner.

When the Philistines came, Samson broke apart the ropes, and killed a thousand of them with the jawbone of a donkey. Then he threw the jawbone away, and complained to the Lord that he was thirsty. The Lord answered his cry for help by splitting the ground where the jawbone fell, so that Samson could drink the water that flowed from it.

The final verse of this chapter tells us that Samson judged Israel twenty years.

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Samson’s marriage to a Philistine woman speaks to the appealing, or even enticing, nature of ‘faith alone’ spirituality, represented by the Philistines. We must stay on our guard, to ensure that we are not caught up in thinking that faith alone will save us. The father offers Samson his wife’s younger sister, saying she is even better, but Samson had already learned to be wary by that point.

The foxes, tied together with their tails lit on fire, vividly describes the twisted and destructive nature of faith alone, and the way it consumes our potential to lead a fruitful life. The Word often depicts the state of a nation or religion through a story illustrating its true nature (True Christian Religion 130)

The cycle of revenge between Samson and the Philistines represents our personal struggles during temptation and our wish to regenerate. Our whole effort during regeneration is to resist sins that might lure us in, and to maintain our intention to live the Word (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 83[6]). The men of Judah who bind Samson represent our love for the Lord and for everything of the Lord, although this seems contradictory on a surface level. In this case, being ‘bound up’ means to be bound in our commitment to the Lord, so that we are restrained from doing evil (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 577[4]).

Samson stands for the power of the Word acting in our lives to assert what is true, to protect what must be upheld, and to defend against evils. He uses the jawbone of a donkey because a jawbone allows us to eat food (spiritually, nourishment from the Word), and also to proclaim the Lord’s truths. This gives us the power to expose and reject the belief that spirituality consists of faith alone (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 9049[6]).

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